Wondrous Wreath – for Christmas!

Today’s post shows the Wondrous Wreath stamp set used for Christmas cards.  I chose to make it twice, almost exactly the same, but different colors, so you could see what color does in a design.  Both cards use a type of “red” and “green” scheme, but you can see how a subtle color variance makes the cards unique, even with the same stamp set.   Both cards start with a Pistachio Pudding wreath base and Mossy Meadow leaf accent.

My first card is more whimsical, using Strawberry Slush for the “red”.  Depending on whether you stamp directly, stamp off, or stamp onto its own color card base, you can get a range from pink to bright red, with this one ink pad. 

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My second card is a little more formal with its darker hues.  I used Blackberry Bliss for my “red” in this version.

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Make an Impression – These cards needed just a little something behind the main theme, because the pieces were already fairly busy and colorful.  I chose the Filigree Frame embossing folder to give the white mat some dimension.  For the first card, I very lightly sponged in a super soft pouncing method with the Pistachio Pudding.  For the second card, I swirled the Blackberry Bliss onto the card with the sponge, because I wanted more color.

Mixed Media – Ribbon is always a great way to add texture and interest to a card.  It helps bring a softness to the crisp paper.  Adding Crystal Effects to the little flowers brings shine and dimension to the wreath.  I stamped my flowers and then glossed over them with the Crystal Effects.  Once they dried, I ran them through the Big Shot to cut out the flowers.  That’s easier than trying to get the Crystal Effects onto each individual flower.

Round it out – Look at your design and mats to see if they should remain angular or if they need to be softened by a corner rounder.  You can mix it up with both angles and curves.  Just see what works best with your design.  Below is the inside of both cards, and an angled view of the more formal version.

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Thanks for stopping by.  Come back tomorrow to see another new holiday stamp set styled for use anytime during the year.

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